Limited LP: Opaque Yellow Vinyl
‘Leftovers’, the debut album from Montreal’s Le Ren, stitches together a patchwork of personal songs about different relationships: those we share with mothers, lovers and friends. Lauren Spear, the artist behind Le Ren, created a physical quilt to mirror the assemblage of stories that comprise her album: a coming-of-age collage that collects over four years of past experiences and finds their present meaning.
‘Leftovers’ was originally scheduled to be recorded in LA in early 2020 but the pandemic forced Le Ren to reconsider the kind of album she wanted to make, and how she wanted to make it. Taking the time to revamp old songs and bring the past to bear upon new ones, she distilled years of material into ten tightly executed tracks united by the swooning pluck of her guitar and the crystal-clear timbre of her voice. The result is a timeless assemblage of love, heartache, celebration, and lessons hard learned, written and performed by a musician who has honed the subtleties of her craft.
With its organic yet meticulous folk production and deeply felt lyrics, ‘Leftovers’ exists outside of trend or time, finding a home among classic icons like Joni Mitchell, Vashti Bunyan and Karen Dalton, as well as a new class of folk extraordinaires, such as Adrianne Lenker, Jessica Pratt and Laura Marling. Le Ren writes with a bold clarity that lends her songs the immediate, enduring quality of good stories well-told that, like their album title-namesake, only get better with age. ‘Leftovers’ is equal parts melancholy, deep love and levity to lift up the mournful. Le Ren here weaves a rich musical tapestry addressed to loved ones lost, found and kept that reveals new meanings within a lifetime of relationships.
Produced by Chris Cohen (Deerhoof, Weyes Blood) and featuring Buck Meek (Big Thief) and Tenci.
Take On Me
Was I Not Enough?
I Already Love You
Who’s Going to Hold Me Next?
Annabelle & MaryAnne (feat. Tenci)
Friends Are Miracles
May Hard Times Pass Us By